Monday, February 27, 2012

Thrift Store Finds

I love Sundays at my thrift store. Sundays mean that more items will be on sale than are generally on sale Mon-Sat. You can always tell what day of the week it is by the parking lot; it is so packed, people start making their own spaces.
Both my husband and I enjoy going, but he tends to be done looking after 10 minutes! So when we go together, like we did yesterday, I have to quickly dash to my favorite spots and try to pick some goodies. If I'm still looking when he's done, he'll offer to wait in the truck, but that kind of takes some of the fun of browsing away. Still and all, perhaps it's a good thing, too, as then I won't spend as much if I'm not in there longer.

Today I'm going to share what I found yesterday, and a few things I've found over the past two months, but haven't bothered to write about.

First, of course, is vintage and just plain old, modern sheets. This little stack will be going into the shop, where I'm always hopeful that it will be just what someone is looking for.

I also found some fabric yesterday. About 2 yards of this rainbow bright print by Timeless Treasures.

And, about 1/2 yard of this sweet floral print that has one of my favorite flowers, poppies!

And how about this pillowcase, that could give Michael Miller's Metro Living Circles a run for its money.

How about some dishware? I don't collect Pyrex, but I couldn't resist getting these little gems. They'll probably go into my shop someday, but for now, they're just hanging out on my shelves.

Lastly, these Mikasa Duplex plates featuring designs from Ben Seibel. I think his designs are so pretty. This print is Pink Ribbon. I was able to get 8 of little beauties. I believe they are cake plates, though I can't be sure of the terminology when it comes to dishes.

And that's all for today. Hopefully I'll have more to share next week.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

WIP Sunday...On the Plus Side

No new fabrics to show this week, instead I'll show a bit of what I've been trying to work on this past week.

I've had this stack of fabric for quite awhile now. It is one of the higher quality fabrics found at Joann Fabrics. I was holding onto this stack, waiting until the right pattern sparked my interest, and thought I had found it last December. Initially I was going to make Radio Way by Jaybird Quilts, as the colors were somewhat similar. Then, I was hit by the Christmas quilt bug and made Radio Way using some Christmas prints I had instead of this stack.
Wanting to try out a variety of patterns, I'm not wanting to do the same one again so soon. So, on the back burner went my little bundle.
At some point I started noticing the plus quilts being made recently, especially this one at In Color Order. And although I was planning on making a plus quilt out of vintage sheets, the thought of using this fabric crept into my subconscious, and that's what I've been doing this past week...cutting 300+ 4.5in squares.

Using the initial prints as the core, I pulled lots of other complimentary fabrics to go along with them.

Saturday I was able to get my layout decided, and even managed to sew a couple of rows.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Stash

I think when I jumped onto this Sunday Stash bandwagon I didn't quite understand what the true purpose was. I figured it was just a day to show off the fabric goodies that had been acquired during the week.
Then I noticed those numbers at the bottoms of people's posts. Numbers keeping track of how much yardage total, how much used, how much acquired. Ack! The thought of measuring all of my fabric is just too daunting to think about at this time. I'd rather just post my pictures of pretty fabrics. I'll think about the numbers another day.

So here's some of what I've acquired since the last time I posted about my stash.

As I've noticed on many other blogs, these Pezzy prints are really popular. I grabbed a fat quarter bundle at a very nice price from The Intrepid Thread.

Next, a full fat quarter bundle of Daisy Cottage by Riley Blake. I purchased this bundle at Handmade Is Heartmade, again, at a super price.

FQ bundle of Fly a Kite by October Afternoon in the cream colorway. Purchased at Hawthorne Threads, another of my favorite shops.

I've got some Good Fortune by Kate Spain. I wanted many, many more of the pieces from this line, but I limited myself to my 3 most favorite. For now anyway. These were from QuiltHome. and they had a 20% off coupon at the time!

And finally, Aunt Edna is in town. Denyse Schmidit's newest line at Joann fabrics. I got yard cuts on my favorites, and half yard cuts on "ehs". I actually have a FQ bundle of the 12 prints listed in my Etsy shop if anyone is looking to have some of these prints.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Baby Vintage Goodness

I like making these baby quilts because they provide such a measure of quick gratification. Plus, I get to use a bit of all of these sheets I'm collecting.

I liked my orange and yellow quilt so much, I thought I would try to make several more in other colorways. I've plans for a blue, pink, green and perhaps an all yellow.

Today I have a purple one. This one has been the hardest one to put together simply because I have not found a lot of sheets with purple as the main color. I don't know if it is just the area where I live, or if purple sheets were not a popular item in the "olden" days.
Anyway, I finally pulled together a sufficient amount to make a 7x7 top and that is what you see below. I've got my backing all picked out, nothing too fancy, but it is another sheet, just not vintage.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Mochi Yum Yum Super Zig Quilt

Here's a top that I've finished made from Lecien's Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric by Monica Solorio-Snow.

When I first saw this fabric I thought it was much too bright for me, but I suppose it grew on me because I ordered every print, but one. As it turns out, they were much brighter on my screen than in person and all is well.

One thing that disturbs me is what I am to do with all of the white space on this quilt.
I feel that that space must be filled with some sort of quilting so that it doesn't look so plain, but I have no idea what to put there. Suggestions are welcome.

The pattern was free on the Lecien website and was super easy to follow and sew. I just haven't decided on a backing fabric for this, so it languishes in my to be completed pile.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Little Apples Baby Quilt

Wow, I've finally completed a quilt that I feel I've done a nice enough job on that I could sell it.

I've kept it really simple with basic squares and rectangles and only some straight line quilting. I've even used my favorite way of non-binding binding the quilt.

It measures approximately 41"x45" and is backed in a pin sized red with white polka dots fabric. I used some of the leftover print cuts to make a stripe across the back.

I'll be happily listing this in my Etsy shop, I hope it finds a home!

Next up, is this little quilt. All that remains is the the quilting, then this one will be ready for my shop, too.

It's made up of vintage sheet squares, all in oranges and yellows. I think it's my favorite quilt so far.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday. WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, February 13, 2012

All Framed Up Top Finished

I finished this sometime last month. I was able to sew it all together, but it wasn't easy. Due to the problem I have with not being able to sew a consistent 1/4in seam, these pieces were all over the place.

I'm not happy with it, and I'm unsure if I'll be turning it into a full quilt, but I felt I should still document it, so here it is.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February Block for In Color Order BOM

Here's the block I've made for the In Color Order HST Block of the Month for February.

I'm continuing to use Denyse Schmidt prints for my blocks and will most likely end up having the whole quilt made up from her different lines.

Once again, despite all of my (so I thought) careful piecing, my block ended up at 12" rather than 12.5". At least I'm consistent!

I think I will eventually have to make 2 of each block, as I don't have much need for mini quilts. Throw sized would be nice.